The Freed family has decided on Lake View Cemetery as the final resting place for the late rock and roll pioneer.
"Cleveland is Alan Freed's home, and he's staying here," said Lance Freed, Alan's eldest son and a longtime music publisher.
Details about how Alan Freed's life and contributions to Cleveland and the music genre will be celebrated and memorialized at the site have yet to be determined.
"We are honored to have Alan Freed at Lake View Cemetery. We have been memorializing innovative Clevelanders for 145 years," said Katharine Goss, Lake View's president and CEO. "Alan Freed changed the world, and he should be with others here who have done the same. Now anyone can pay tribute to him any day of the week at no charge."
The location will be near the neoclassical Wade Memorial Chapel, renowned for its inspiring, Tiffany-designed interior and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Freed plot is on a popular sloped park-like setting near two lovely ponds, where visitors are often found relaxing and enjoying the beautiful landscape.
"Visitors picnic here often, and we anticipate Alan Freed to be in good company with the public," Goss said.
Lake View Cemetery memorializes many persons of national and local note, including monuments honoring President James Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, Eliot Ness, Carl Stokes, war heroes and other community leaders synonymous with Cleveland.
"It's a beautiful, natural setting. The place is lively, if you can say that about a cemetery, and hosts many free concerts and events," Lance Freed said.
In the coming months, the Freed family, Lake View, the Rock Hall, Cleveland residents, Ohio media and rock fans everywhere will come together with the best wishes to determine the most appropriate vision, monument and possible celebrations for memorializing Alan Freed at the 285-acre cemetery.
Freed, who died in 1965 at the age of 43, started his career as a DJ in Cleveland in 1951, playing R&B records, while other DJs ignored black artists. He also organized the "Moondog Coronation Ball," on March 21, 1952 at the Cleveland Arena – widely considered the first rock and roll concert in history.